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I hope you are enjoying reading my brand spotlights? If you haven’t had chance to read them yet, you can do view all my previous blog posts here.


This week I would like to tell you a little bit more about the lovely German brand of play figures - Schleich

Founded in 1935 by Friedrich Schleich in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Schleich is one of the biggest toy manufacturers in Germany today and the leading international provider of realistic animal figures. The design of the figures and play worlds, the manufacturing of the production tools and also the quality and safety tests are performed in Germany to this day.


As a company Schleich have made it their task to give children an understanding of animals and their natural habitats. With the detailed, authentic and hand-painted figures, children can gain valuable knowledge about the world of animals and learn about nature in a playful manner. This has turned into six different themed worlds with over 600 lovingly designed and high-quality individual figures which are specially designed to appeal to children in their different stages of development.


"At Schleich we believe that promoting creativity and a rich imagination is one of the most valuable gifts you can give a child. The best part of it is: a child’s creativity as well as their imagination develop almost by themselves with the right playing concepts.


Our guiding principle: the materials used and safety of the figures are tested with the utmost care. All products and the materials used meet or exceed the strictest applicable national and international requirements. Thus, high-quality and carefully designed products are developed every day that not only fascinate children, but also delight you as parents.


We craft our figures with great attention to detail, from the first sketch to the final design of the lifelike figures. Each one of our figures is unique and is still painted by hand today. We believe that children can feel this individuality."




What I really love about Schleich is their incredible attention to detail - each and every figure is still lovingly hand-painted. When creating new models they involve specialists from museums and zoos to ensure that they are lifelike as possible and every detail is accurate and correct. Some prototypes can take up to 8 weeks to model with each hair and fold of skin applied individually!!


They also create amazing Worlds that their figures inhabit from Farm World to the Bayala World of fairies and unicorns the play possibilities are endless and each individual figure comes with it's own story and some fun facts about the animal and creature!


I hope you love the fantastic Schleich range as much as I do!



Click here to view the full Schleich range.

I hope you are enjoying reading my brand spotlights? If you haven’t had chance to read them yet, you can do view all my previous blog posts here.


This week I would like to tell you a little bit more about a fantastic brand who won 'Ethical Toy of the Year' at Spring Fair 2020 - Tikiri Toys

Tikiri – which means ‘teeny tiny’ in the native language of Sinhala – is based in Sri Lanka. By sourcing and producing all their toys locally, Tikiri greatly minimise both their carbon footprint and their impact on the environment. Not only this, but the factory has a fantastic reputation for looking after the welfare of their employees, holding both BSCI* and SMETA* certification, and demonstrating their commitment to the 10 principles of fair trade.


The family behind Tikiri has spent most of their lives making soft toys for leading global brands. In 2013, they took their abundant love and knowledge of toys and toddlers and launched Tikiri. Tikiri is dedicated to making only top-quality handcrafted toys that promote a child’s physical and emotional development.


Tikiri offer natural, handmade alternatives to mass produced plastic toys to help children unplug, learn new skills, and interact with the real world.


This collection of toys uniquely combines texture, touch and personality, to help introduce babies and toddlers to the wonders of the world around them. Handcrafted from eco-friendly and sustainable natural materials, they are the natural choice for every child’s formative years. These toys are made to the highest standards of production and quality. Made from 100% natural rubber from the latex of the Hevea tree and ethically sourced organic cotton*, the range offers toys suitable from birth to 3 years.


When babies begin teething, not only can it be quite distressing for both baby and parents to want to soothe and help but also you may start to worry about the safety of the things your babies are putting in their mouths. That is why I love the Tikiri range of teething toys as all their baby toys all meet the following standards:


                         - 100% pure natural rubber                          - Certified plastic free baby toys - BPA free & Phthalate free                          - Biodegradable, non-toxic and eco friendly baby toys                          - Handmade & hand painted in Sri Lanka                          - Socially responsible manufacturing  


This is such a lovely brand whose values really fit with my own here at Happy Cat Kids. I hope that moving forward the choices we make for our children's play and clothes are not only driven by style and price but also on the impact on our environment. I truly believe that small changes made by many people can make big differences! Whilst some people go all in for a total plastic-free lifestyle, if that scares you a little then how about choosing just a few gifts each year that are more ethically sourced and/or more sustainable. One of my favourites from Tikiri is the natural rubber dragon rattle that comes in a beautifully presented gift box which makes a fantastic gift for a new baby. I also love the organic cotton and natural rubber elephant and bunny first teddies.



I hope you love the fantastic range of Tikiri Toys as much as I do!



Click here to view the full Tikiri Toys range.

I hope you are enjoying reading my brand spotlights? If you haven’t had chance to read them yet, you can do view all my previous blog posts here.


This week I would like to tell you a little bit more about one of my personal favourites: Floss & Rock.

Floss & Rock is a British business based in the very traditional seaside town of Blackpool, famous for its candy floss (cotton candy) and sticks of rock (sweets).


Owned and managed by husband and wife team (Tim and Gill), they are passionate about designing gifts and toys for girls and boys aged 3 to 10.


They believe in setting the highest possible product safety and performance standards to ensure that they meet the requirements of individual markets worldwide.


I love that Floss & Rock are a fantastic British business and I was initially drawn to their incredibly unique designs. Their whole range is so fun and colourful which is exactly what we love at Happy Cat Kids! I also loved that they offer more unisex designs for products that often can be quite girly! For example their fabulous construction themed tea sets or their glow in the dark lockable notebooks.



I hope you love the fantastic range of Floss & Rock gifts as much as I do!



Click here to view the full Floss & Rock range.

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